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Welcome to Philadelphia, Roy Oswalt.

Posted by Kieran Kelly On July - 29 - 2010

OswaltGrayHouston.jpgAfter weeks of chatter, the trade that everyone in Philly has been talking about is done.

Roy Oswalt has agreed to waive his no trade clause and accept a trade to Philadelphia in exchange for J.A. Happ and two minor leaguers, Jonathon Villar and Anthony Gose.

The Phillies will also receive $11 million from the Astros in order to cover some of the $24 million Oswalt is owed for the rest of 2010 and 2011. As part of the swap, instead of picking up the option year in 2012 for $16 million, the Phillies will increase Oswalt’s buyout from $2 million to $3 million.

It’s a great trade for the Phillies. Getting Oswalt gives the Phillies a top 3 of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt & Cole Hamels. That’s a very strong rotation to take into the playoffs.

Happ is clearly the loser in this deal. He worked hard to get back to the bigs after injury, and he’ll most likely be sent back to the minors in Houston.

With Ed Wade in place, Houston has become a top target for Ruben Amaro. RAJ has shown he has the chops to pull off a big mid-season deal, but he clearly worked over Wade with this trade.

First Cliff Lee, then Roy Halladay, and now Roy Oswalt? Been a great year for the Phillies.

With the offense finally finding it’s stride and the pitching staff getting a big upgrade, the Phillies are showing that they’re out to become the first team in over 60 years to 3-peat as National League Champions.

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  • Fishscale

    Fuck Roy Oswalt. First he didn't want to play in Philly. Now that it's his only option he'll take it. He can suck cock. We don't want him anyway.

    Happ is great and a big part of the team. This trade is complete bullshit.

  • The Sound of Philly

    Those comments were all hearsay – I didn't read one source that actually had direct quotes from him.

    While I would have rather had Myers over Oswalt, the fact of the matter is that the Phillies are in a position to win now, and losing Happ made the most sense. The fact of the matter is that the Phils fleeced the Astros – they didn't give up any of their top prospects, don't have to exercise the 2012 option, and got $11 million from the Astros. On top of that, Happ was injured most of the season, and looked the shaky the other day. Granted he's just coming back from an injury, but at best he slates to be a 3rd or 4th starter. The Phillies have three #1 starters now (and yes, Hamels is a #1 starter)

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